Lee Trevino was shaking his head and muttering after missing an 18th-hole birdie putt that left him three strokes off the pace going into the final round of the Senior PGA Tour.
"A big putt," Trevino grumbled Saturday. "I make that and I'm third - just in case we get rained out tomorrow (Sunday)."Third or better is the position Trevino needs to finish Sunday to beat Greg Norman's money-winning total on the regular PGA Tour and become the first senior player to lead the game in official earnings.
As it is, Trevino was in a five-way tie for fourth, three shots in back of co-leaders Mike Hill and Dale Douglass after 36 holes of the new, $1 million Champions tournament.
"To have a chance to win, I need a 65 tomorrow," Trevino said.
He paused a moment and flashed his old, confident, infectious grin.
"And I've got one. I've got a 65 in me," he said.
Hill, a four-time winner this season and the No. 2 senior money winner to Trevino, played a bogey-free round of 65 and advanced to a share of the lead at 133, 11-under-par. Douglass, who was tied for the first-round lead with Al Geiberger, retained a piece of the top spot with a 68.
Chi Chi Rodriguez, who started his golf career as a caddy on this Dorado Beach course, dropped a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole moments after Trevino finished and was third at 134 after a second straight 67.
Trevino has won seven times this year, including the Senior U.S. Open. He has an unbeatable Senior record $983,018 in official money winnings and is assured of another $112,500 from a season-long bonus pool.
A first-place finish (worth $150,000), second ($110,000) or third ($80,000) would put him ahead of Norman's $1,165,477 total that led the regular tour.At Hong Kong, Nick Faldo of England shot a final round 3-under-par 68 Saturday to win the inaugural Johnnie Walker Classic by 4 strokes over Ian Woosnam of Wales.
Faldo had a four-round total of 270 on the 6,732-yard Royal Hong Kong Golf Club course, near the Hong Kong-China border.
He held par on the front nine and birdied the 10th, 13th and 18th holes to win the $50,000 first prize in the $350,000 tournament.